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Save the Date: 3rd Bloggiversary Bash

I looked back at my archives, and  I realized that the stuff on this blog goes back not one, not two, but three years.  My first post came out on the 28th of December, 2013.  It told the story of what might happen if all the (current) Doctors in Doctor Who attended a slumber party in the TARDIS (and what might happen to them if my friends and I were there too).  I’m confident that my writing and writerly cognitive state have matured a little since then…. 🙂

In celebration of this blog turning three, I’d like to host a small Q&A session in the spirit of my friend Elizabeth Rawls’ two-year blogiversary bash. 🙂

As me questions about writing, reading, fandom stuff, and even random stuff.  No guarantees that I’ll answer every question falling under the random category, but I want this to be fun for all.

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Writer’s Jukebox: Fly Away Home Suite by Mark Isham ft. Mary Chapin Carpenter

This comes from the soundtrack of one of my favorite childhood movies, Fly Away Home, and it’s very relaxing to listen to.  The first part of the track is “10,000 Miles” by Mary Chapin Carpenter, and then it moves on to other songs from the movie.  Overall, this suite evokes a variety of moods, from solemnity to sadness to hope, which are all emotions I’m trying to portray in my current writing project.

Hope it inspires you too! 🙂

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Would you be interested…?

This sounds like a really cool idea! I’m definitely interested. 🙂

Sammi Loves Books

I posted this on my writing blog (Sammi Scribbles) yesterday, but thought I should post it here too, for anyone who missed it that might be interested 🙂

This week has been a whirlwind of ideas.  Sometimes it feels like having too many ideas is just as bad as having writer’s block.  Or is it worse? 😉

So, I thought before I go any further and get carried away (which may or may not already have happened), I might put one of these ideas out there and see what kind or response it gets.  And my!  Am I nervous about doing it.  Take a big, deep breath, Sammi!

So what is this idea?  I was thinking of launching a little side project that would release multi-author anthologies out into the e-world.  And the first of these projects would be an anthology of short stories, flash fiction and poetry inspired…

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“this book”- a poem

It seems the most common criticism I get about my poems is that I don’t punctuate the lines to people’s liking.  Oh well…. 😛

this book has gone round the world and back
i carried it place to place in a ragged backpack
from its worn waterlogged and ragged pages
i still find the words my people read for ages
in school they tried to take my book away
thought they could change the way i pray
they tried to give me a brand new book
with colorful clean pages – come take a look
but the words were different and unfamiliar
so i stood my ground like a strong stone pillar
today i hold this same book in my hands
the one i brought with me to a faraway land
the one i returned with so covered in sand Continue reading ““this book”- a poem”

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Save the Date: Story of ABBA for Young Readers Promotional Blog Tour!

Allison the Writer

Hi guys, my friend Becky’s doing a blog tour to help promote her book, which is coming out later this year.  If you’d like to take part, please see the official posting below for more info. 🙂
Teenage author and illustrator Becky Laine ( is releasing the revised, second edition of her book The Story of ABBA for Young Readers this December.  It’s a kid-friendly biography about the Swedish pop group ABBA, whose music was popular during the seventies and eighties.

From November 15th to December 16th, we’re inviting people across the literary blogosphere and the online ABBA fan community to participate in a blog tour leading up the book’s release.  And we’d like to invite you to join us! It’s a great way to help new authors gain exposure, and as a stop on the tour, your blog will be visited by all kinds of new readers.

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Romance In Writing.

Thank you, too, for tactfully and concisely expressing what I couldn’t!


There’s a lot of debate about what should or should not be written. What makes a good story? How can it be more realistic? Well, for one, relationships should be real and not mythical. I think, in this day and age, we can dispense with the fantasy of a knight in shining armour rescuing the princess from the tower/dragon/horrible situation. Why can’t the ‘princess’ save the ‘knight’…Why does romance have to be so old-fashioned in the way it’s told?

A few issues I have with romance in story-telling are retold in these bullet points:

  • Just because there’s a man and a woman in a story doesn’t mean they will form a romance.
  • Men and women can just be friends.
  • Men and men can be friends, women and women can be friends, without romance involved.
  • A man can love a man without the need for any sexual context involved. The same for women…

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Writerly Conversation Tidbits

When you tell people you’re a writer is a surprisingly good conversation starter. Below, I’ve compiled a list of stuff people usually say to me, either after they find out I write, or while I’m actually trying to get some writing done. 😛

  • Can I be in your next book?  Can I be the one who saves everybody and stuff?
  • I’m trying to write a book too, but I have no ideas.  What should I write about?
  • Y’know, writing doesn’t pay the bills.  Don’t make this your day job.
  • You really shouldn’t try to write a whole novel just yet.  I tried it once, and it’s too hard.  You should stick to just short stories.
  • I’m not a writer myself or anything, so I can’t say I know what I’m talking about, but *dispenses bad advice about writing, really doesn’t know what they’re talking about*
  • Don’t write a novel now – wait until you’re older.  All the best authors were already adults when they got published.
  • Wow, you type really fast!
  • Allie, would you please put your phone down and stop texting at the table?  It’s so impolite! *rants about teenagers being super-glued to their phones*
  • Why do you keep writing in that diary all the time?
  • I heard of this really cool thing called NaNoWriMo.  It happens every … December, I think.  You should totally check it out.
  • Oh hey, long time no see.  Are you still writing books and stuff?
  • This writer thing is just a phase, right?
  • Can I write your book with you?  I want to be famous too!
  • Your mom told me you’re trying to write the next great American novel….  Dawww, that’s so cute!
  • …When you become rich and famous like Stephen King / J.K. Rowling / George R.R. Martin / Cassandra Clare / Stephanie Meyer / Suzanne Collins….
  • Oh, are you writing the next Harry Potter?
  • Oh, are you writing the next Percy Jackson?
  • Oh, are you writing the next Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys?
  • Oh, are you writing the next Hunger Games?
  • Allison, since you published your book, can you help me publish this Star Wars fanfiction I’ve been working on for the past eight years?
  • I bet you’ve sold a million copies of your book already!  You must be rich!
  • What?  You can’t afford [expensive thing]?  Why not use the money you earned from selling your books?
  • I found this really cool writing contest that a million young writers enter in each year. It’s really famous so you should totally enter.  There’s a $50 entry fee, but the grand prize winner can win a $25 gift card to Kindle!
  • Don’t waste your life on that silly writing stuff.  Go pursue a career in STEM.  We need more women in these fields!
  • You wrote a book?  Wow, how old are you?
  • I can’t believe I know with a real, live author who’s only *teen years old!
  • Are you writing an original story?  Because my sister’s nephew, who’s your age, only writes these dreadful fanfiction things.
  • Can I read your manuscript?  … Aw, why not?  … But I thought we were friends!
  • Hey, since you’re a writer, can you help me write this [non-fiction-related thing]?
  • *Random (usually pessimistic) comparison to Christopher Paolini, or other kid-authors*
  • So, are you still trying to write that novel?

What sort of unusual writerly conversation tidbits have you heard?   Share ’em below! 🙂